Meds are the most effective treatment.
Diet and mental hygiene help.
I'd contest that. Their isn't any solid proof of this.
What med's do though is mask the problem whatever it may be.
Their is very little objective science in the whole field of this very infantile subject of psychiatry and psychology which in the words of John Taylor Gatto "have offered -->| |<-- this much to the true understanding of human nature" but instead created a gold mine out of the pseudo science of brain management, supposed diagnoses and treatments.
The masking effect can clearly be seen with the reactions people have when they forget to take their meds or stop taking them for any reason.
Results? 7-13 school yard massacres were because the children were on these dangerous psychotropics, and the other 6 are unknown only because the information wasn't divulged.
This is not to mention the other domestic cases, and other rampages people go on.
This is because psychotropics don't treat, per se. Treat has been an abused word. They mask and the problem still exists underneath all that chemical numbing down of the human concious, the soul and well being of a person.
Once those numbing drugs wear off or are forgotten to be taken or one just builds up a resistance to them (oh yeh, there's always a stronger med) then the beast which has been breeding underneath explodes in the fits of rage we have seen in the past and will continue to see.
The modern psychotropic drug is the exact same thing as the old water dunking methods they swore by in the past, the old electric shock therapy causing convulsions, bone breakages, brain damage and death, the old lobotomys which failed miserably all the time and were just scientists (albeit mad scientists) mental spoof-trial and error experiments which they misled the public into believing is the answer to the mental states that they witnessed in people.
The only thing is, that lobotomy, shock therapy and water dunking (not to mention countless other supposed and wicked treatments) is now conveniently placed in a mind altering and destroying drug!
Remember that psychiatry and psychology are the same pseudo-sciences that at the turn of the century actually had the nerve (read: complete incompetence) to label an African American slave's tendency to want to run away from his oppressors as "Drapetomania". Don't believe me? Look it up and be shocked.
You know what the treatment was for "Drapetomania"? To whip slaves into obedience and rid them of this mental disease.
The day big pharma comes out and admits, it's taking people for a ride, is the day markets will crash, economies will crumble and govt leaders will be living in slums! Govts can't have this and it quite suits their agenda to have people believe that they need to be managed and that the best way to manage them is by using their specially created and very well funded psychotropics.
You're an idiot. SPECT scans show significant biological differences in the brain activity of ADHD and non-ADHD subjects. It's not all a conspiracy by 'big pharm'.
The meds to treat ADHD are stimulants (except Strattera, which is a norepinephine reuptake inhibitor). ADHD meds are among the most effective and least questionable meds for a given mental illness available except perhaps the major tranquilizers. The side effect trade off is relatively small.
Ritalin, properly prescribed, would be more likely to inhibit violence in children than promote it. Perhaps it's SSRIs to which you are referring.
Now please get in line behind Tom Cruise for the bus to crazy-town.